Ticonderoga The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program is now taking applications for its 2013 holiday gift distribution.
The program, now in its 33rd year, provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area. Any family receiving free or reduce price lunches at school is eligible, if they have children attending the Ticonderoga Central School District or St. Mary’s School.
Applications are now available in the lobby of the Ticonderoga Community Building on Montcalm Street.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 10.
For information call Nancy Quesnel at 585-7017.
Quesnel stressed the program is entirely confidential. After applications are verified, names are removed and families are assigned numbers, she said. People who purchase gifts buy for a specific number, not knowing who the child is.
It costs more than $6,000 a year to operate the Tiny Tim program. Quesnel said donations of cash and new toys are now being sought for the program. Checks can be made payable to Tiny Tim Christmas Program. Donations can be sent to Quesnel at 151 Shore Airport Road, Ticonderoga 12883.
The Tiny Tim program started in 1980 when a group of Ticonderoga Central School teachers realized the need. The program grew to the point the teachers could no longer handle the demand.
There have been a lot of changes during the years.
Tiny Tim no longer accepts or distributes used items and gifts are no longer wrapped.
And, Tiny Tim has grown. It started out giving away winter coats. Now each child gets six pair of socks, six sets of underwear, a jacket, ski pants, boots, clothing and toys.
Tiny Tim will not purchase any electronics such as iPods, cell phones, computers or game systems.
Tiny Tim now serves about 75 families and nearly 200 children each holiday season.